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The Annotated Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions (Illustrated)

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Book Number: 
49
Date Fred Read: 
September 2003
Fred's Rating: 
5
Author: 
Ian Stewart
Total Pages: 
200
Publisher: 
Basic Books; Reprint edition
Year: 
2008

Ian Stewart's extensive annotations added much historical information to the original little book "Flatland" by Edwin A. Abbott, with Introduction, Notes and Appendix by Ian Stewart. (See also his book 50 "Flatterland".)  Read more

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Gnostic Gospels

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Book Number: 
47
Date Fred Read: 
September 2003
Fred's Rating: 
4
Author: 
Elaine Pagels
Total Pages: 
151
Publisher: 
Random House
Year: 
2004

Elaine Pagels, a Professor of Religion at Princeton, was a student in Christianity at Harvard when the Christian texts found in 1945 at Nag Hammadi became available. For book 47 she won a National Book Critics Circle Award and a National Book Award in 1980. She received a MacArthur Prize Fellowship in 1981. (See also her book 48.)  Read more

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The Meaning of Jesus: Two Visions

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Book Number: 
46
Date Fred Read: 
August 2003
Fred's Rating: 
5
Author: 
Marcus J. Borg
Author: 
N. T. Wright
Total Pages: 
279
Publisher: 
HarperOne; 2nd edition
Year: 
2007

See book 45 for information on co-author Marcus J. Borg (1942-2015), who was a seminary student together with N. T. Wright. Wright is Canon of Westminster Cathedral and visiting professor at Harvard Divinity School. In 2003 Amazon.com listed 51 entries for Wright. (For my reviews of either of these authors, click on his name.)  Read more

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Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time: The Historical Jesus and the Heart of Contemporary Faith

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Book Number: 
45
Date Fred Read: 
August 2003
Fred's Rating: 
5
Author: 
Marcus J. Borg
Total Pages: 
140
Publisher: 
HarperOne
Year: 
1995

Marcus J. Borg (1942-2015), a Distinguished Professor of Religion and Culture at Oregon State University, is a member of "the Jesus Seminar." When I asked earlier about this seminar, one of my pastors recommended books 45 and 46. (For all my reviews of the author, click on his name.)  Read more

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Abraham: A Journey to the Heart of Three Faiths

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Book Number: 
44
Date Fred Read: 
August 2003
Fred's Rating: 
3
Author: 
Bruce Feiler
Total Pages: 
218
Publisher: 
Harper Perrineal
Year: 
2005

Bruce Feiler is a journalist for the New York Times. He also contributes to the Washington Post, Gourmet, and NPR. As of 2003 he had written 6 books. A good friend recommended book 44 to me. Feiler's “Walking the Bible” was a bestseller.  Read more

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Islam: A Short History (Modern Library Chronicles)

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Book Number: 
43
Date Fred Read: 
August 2003
Fred's Rating: 
5
Author: 
Karen Armstrong
Total Pages: 
187
Publisher: 
Modern Library; Rev Upd Su edition
Year: 
2002

This book on Islam has a short text but reflects Karen Armstrong's thoroughness by including 10 Maps, a 22-pp Chronology, 10 pp of Key Figures, a 4-pp Glossary of Arabic Terms, 2 pp of Notes, 7 pp of Further Readings, and a 10 pp Index. In 2003 Amazon.com had 49 entries for her. (For her books I've read, click on her name.)  Read more

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In God’s Presence: Theological Reflections on Prayer

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Book Number: 
42
Date Fred Read: 
August 2003
Fred's Rating: 
4
Total Pages: 
127
Publisher: 
Chalice Press
Year: 
1996

Marjorie Hewitt Suchocki is Vice President/Academic Dean and Ingraham Professor of Theology at the School of Theology at Claremont, CA. In 2003 Amazon.com listed 8 books by her. This book was recommended to me by a book club whose advice I respect.  Read more

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Advice on Dying: And Living a Better Life

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Book Number: 
41
Date Fred Read: 
July 2003
Fred's Rating: 
5
Author: 
the Dalai Lama
Total Pages: 
215
Publisher: 
Atria
Year: 
2002

This book was written by the Dalai Lama and was translated by Jeffrey Hopkins, who also wrote the Foreword. In this book the Dalai Lama uses a wide range of traditions and beliefs to explore the stages we all go through when we die. (For his books I've read, click on his name.)  Read more

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Process Theology: An Introductory Exposition

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Book Number: 
40
Date Fred Read: 
July 2003
Fred's Rating: 
5
Author: 
John B. Cobb, Jr.
Author: 
David Ray Griffin
Total Pages: 
158
Publisher: 
Westminster John Knox Press
Year: 
1976

John B. Cobb, Jr., Professor Emeritus of Theology, and David Ray Griffin, Professor of Religion and Theology at Claremont School of Theology, Claremont, CA are well-known for Process Theology. As of July 2003 Amazon listed 34 books by Cobb and 23 by Griffin. (For my reviews of either of them, click on his name.)  Read more

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Process Theology: A Basic Introduction

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Book Number: 
39
Date Fred Read: 
July 2003
Fred's Rating: 
4
Author: 
C. Robert Mesle
Total Pages: 
147
Publisher: 
Chalice Press
Year: 
1993

C. Robert Mesle is professor of philosophy and religion at Graceland College, Lamoni, IA. Mesle speaks in plain and simple English in contrast to the difficult language of Alfred North Whitehead – the founder of process philosophy and process theology. The final chapter is by John B. Cobb, Jr, a coauthor of book 40.  Read more

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